Incomparable Georgian Black Dot Paste Earrings
Paste is a collective word used for cut leaded glass which has faceted to resemble gems or precious stones. “Invented” in the 18th century, paste was used extensively in jewelry and was incorporated into everything from coat buttons to resplendent brooches. Black dot paste is the penultimate form of paste. It is a paste stone with a tiny black dot painted on the underside of the stone – made to resemble the open culet of early diamonds.
This pair of cluster earrings personify what antique past jewelry represents – such refraction and prismatic colors which virtually burst forth with every subtle twist and turn. Each earring of silver is composed of a petal flowerhead of six shaped pastes and a surround of nineteen old mine cut shaped pastes. Every stone is so carefully and beautifully set that the bezel cups the stone tightly and securely. A scalloped silver perimeter and a flat back complete the period earrings. Modern yellow gold ear wires have been added.
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Date: Circa 1800.
Measurements: 1 inch (2.5 cm) in total length by 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) in width. Weight of 7.3 grams (4.7 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Excellent; later modern ear wires. Most likely converted from early buttons.
Origin: Possibly English.
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